Cocktails for the Colorado Gala

Thursday, October 21, 2021
6:00 PM | Kimpton Hotel Van Zandt

“John Lay River Hero Award” Honorees
Kyndel & Laura Bennett

Host Committee
Pam & Marty Akins
Ben & Susan Bufkin | Robert & Melinda Neblett | Wade & Sarah Webster

Join hundreds of Austin’s finest philanthropy, community, and corporate leaders at this annual fundraiser to make a positive impact for the Texas Colorado River and its Highland Lakes. The “John Lay River Hero Award” will be to presented to a river steward for their outstanding service and commitment to protecting our river. All funds raised will directly support Colorado River Alliance’s mission and empower Texans with knowledge about how to help protect the Texas Colorado River to ensure its long-term vitality.

This truly memorable event will feature exquisite food & drink, luxury silent auction, thrilling live auction, and an exclusive, VIP Reception for only VIP sponsors! Virtual sponsorships are available, offering a basin-wide opportunity to support Colorado River Alliance’s mission and help make our most important fundraiser of the year a success.

Gala Kickoff Party will be held on Thursday, September 9 from 6-8 PM
Invitation-only event for honorees and sponsors. You won’t want to miss this party!
Register by August 1 for your invitation!

Sponsorship Packet
Sponsorship Form
Auction Donation Form
Contact Keri Pearson at for more info!

Thank You, 2021 Sponsors!

Presenting Sponsor

VIP Reception Sponsor

VIP Sponsors

Underwriting Sponsors
Mark & Lisa Jennings


Pedernales River Sponsors
Debbie & Tim Collins


Llano River Sponsors
Beacon Nonprofit Consulting
Bickerstaff Heath Delgado Acosta LLP
Jim & Cindy DeCosmo

The Lay Family
Lesley & John Pitts
Texas Regional Bank
Vantage Bank

San Saba River Sponsors
Bergan & Stan Casey
Colorado River Land Trust
Encotech Engineering Consultants
Freese and Nichols, Inc.

Hughes Arrell Kinchen LLP
Melissa & Matt Dausch
Peggy & Matt Winkler
Statewide Renewable
Walter P. Moore

Concho River Sponsors
Les & Gretchen Canter
Jones, Galligan, Key & Lozano, L.L.P.
Southside Bank

25th Anniversary Gala